Benefits of Plyometric Exercises for Athletes

The concept of plyometric exercise is defined as “exercises that enable a muscle to reach maximum strength in as short a time as possible”. Plyometric training has become a growing necessity in most sports performance training programs. This explosive type of training got its start with mainly Olympic level sprinters and weightlifters in the Eastern European nations. Through years of research and development, the benefits of plyometric exercises can be utilized by almost any athlete in any sport. Plyometric exercises ...

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Strength Training for the Endurance Athlete at MVP

Adding a proper strength training program to an endurance training protocol has been shown to:

a. Increase Short term endurance (4-8 min) during both cycling and running.

b. Increase Long-Term cycling to exhaustion at 80%  of  VO2 max

c. Not affect Maximal VO2 max during both cycling and Running

d. Can lead to more economical sport specific performance

With all of these benefits shown, the next step is to find that proper strength training program.  The combination of strength and endurance training can be very ...

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When to Start Youth Performance Training

Things to think about when starting your youth sports performance program

I have sat before hundreds of youth athletes and their parents. I believe that when someone comes into this setting, there are many misconceptions about what type of training we do and how we do it. So in this piece, I hope to clear up some issues that parents may have by presenting some scenarios and possible resolutions.

Tired Timmy

Tired Timmy is the kid I see that comes into his evaluation ...

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Smart Training Programs

Throughout my many years of experience in training, I have seen my share of SMART and what I will call “UNSMART” training programs. All of these programs may have had good intentions, yet it takes more than that to make a successful training program. When looking at these programs in the SMART category, they share similar characteristics, and most importantly produce the desired result.

So let’s look at these SMART characteristics. First, the program must start with some type of initial ...

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Develop More Speed and Power: How Plyometrics Benefits Every Athlete

Plyometrics got its start in Eastern Europe during the 1960s, when Olympic sprinters and weightlifters started implementing more explosive movements in their workouts. As the rest of the world witnessed plyometrics’ fast results, athletes from all sports began to use it into their training.

If you’ve limited yourself to dumbbells and barbells, here are a few reasons to expand your training to include plyometrics:

Develop Power
Thanks to its quick, powerful movements, plyometrics is one of the fastest ways to develop explosive ...

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